Brian Heslop, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communications
- Ph.D., University of Memphis
- M.A., Southern Utah University
- B.A., Weber State University
More than just equipping students with critical thinking and argumentative capacities, I believe character development is the point of education. At Coker University, I have had the pleasure of seeing students gradually become empowered citizens of their own communities. Coker provides so many creative opportunities for this development to happen, which is why I love it here.
My research in political and religious controversy is driven by my interest in diverse perspectives and arguments. As a rhetorician, I’m fascinated by how argument works and how it shapes the world we live in. I see controversy more than mere strife, but as an opportunity to learn.
- COM 101: Speech Communication Skills
- COM 197: Freshman Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Language
- COM 230: Scope and Methods
- COM 330: Communication Theory
- COM 374: Rhetoric & Civic Controversy
- COM 399: Religion and Rhetoric
Heslop, Brian, and Patrick Loebs, “Political Propheteering: The Role of Purity in the 2012 Presidential Nomination Address.” In Studies of Communication in the 2012 Presidential Campaign, ed. Robert Denton. Landham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014.
Heslop, Brian and Antonio de Velasco, “Faith-Based Social Change and Social Media.” In Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics, ed. Kerric Harvey. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2014.
HONORS AND AWARDS
- Graduate Assistant Meritorious Teaching Award: University of Memphis, 2015.
- John Angus Campbell Award for Excellence in Teaching: Ph.D. Level, University of Memphis, 2014.